5 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR COMMUTE A GREENER ONE
Environmental awareness in our driving not only helps the health of our planet, but also the health of our wallets. “Canadians are becoming more environmentally conscious, and an easy way to lower our eco-footprint is by maintaining our vehicles,” explains Darryl Croft, OK Tire automotive expert. “Also, keeping a few simple green driving tips in mind can help reduce your fuel consumption”.
1. Travel light. Roof racks, excessive cargo and heavy vehicles all add to fuel consumption, which in turn contributes to air pollution. A good rule of thumb for reducing your weight on the road is if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. Roof racks also increase wind resistance, making your vehicle
work harder to maintain speed. 2. Keep your vehicle
maintained. Ensuring that your vehicle is in peak condition and functioning at its most efficient will help keep your carbon footprint down. Have the basic maintenance items checked and tuned up as needed on a regular basis. This includes tire pressure, fluid levels, battery, air filters, brake pads and spark plugs. 3. Avoid idling or revving to save fuel. When you are stopped, switch off your engine. Revving is an equally environmentally toxic habit as it uses unnecessary fuel. Driving at a safe, moderate speed is the best way to save fuel. 4. Check your tires
regularly. Once every week or two, check that your tires are sufficiently inflated. Under-inflated tires wear faster, creating drag and greater fuel consumption. Alignment is important as this can also create a drag on your vehicle. This should be checked by a certified automotive technician at least once a year, every time new tires are installed, or if you feel your vehicle is pulling to the side.
5. Buy eco-friendly tires. An energy-efficient tire is designed to maximize gas mileage by low rolling resistance, returning energy back to the tire and reducing heat generation. Eco-friendly tread compounds also reduce particle emissions.
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